Thursday, January 14, 2016

Alan Rickman

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Very sad news today...

Alan Rickman died on Thursday. He was 69.

Rickman was cast in “Die Hard” as Hans Gruber, a German terrorist wreaking havoc in a Los Angeles skyscraper who faces off with Bruce Willis. In the “Harry Potter” series, Rickman played Professor Severus Snape, a coldly hostile Hogwarts instructor who was one of Harry's main antagonists. The actor appeared in all eight of the “Potter” movies.

For all the intimidating characters that he took on, Rickman maintained that he was not the people he played.

Those characters “are just people to me,” he once told The Times. “I’m a lot less serious than people think.”

He has always been one of my favorite actors and I've really enjoyed him in everything that he's done, especially Harry Potter, Love, Actually, and Galaxy Quest.

The scene in Galaxy Quest where he is forced to promote the opening of a local grocery store and reluctantly utter the line "What...a savings" is something I've quoted for years and will always think of when I need a laugh.

I'm really going to miss him.

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